ARCTIC – a direction for you –
A – Appointing the Alumni
R- Redefine your role
C – Consider the lived (SOI) experience
T- Translate it into activism and action
I – Initiate conversation with your peers
C – Call for a better future for the Arctic and beyond
NOTE: To all the Students on Ice Alumni, past present and future. This is an acronym that speaks to you. Your Arctic is my arctic, no matter where you are from Mexico, Canadian Arctic, or Alaska. Take notice, your ARCTIC is your directive. Go forth and ensure that by 2050 the place we call home is still a home.
Explaining A – to all the alumni of Students on Ice, as a alumni your lived experience of traveling, learning, and engaging with the Arctic makes you a perfect role model to speak out.
Explaining R – no matter where you are from, your role is essential. The platform which is your voice empowers you to take your background, your expertise and input it into this overarching direction towards the future.
Explaining C – the Students on Ice expedition is a lived moment, a moment that one knows of the truth and the validity of the Arctic and the world.
Explaining T – take your lived experience and translate it into activism and action in your community and beyond.
Explaining I – strike a conversation, one that can bring hope and motivation towards the relevant occurrences in the Arctic and beyond.
Explaining C – Call out, your voice, your writing, your imagination of a place is reality. A reality for which we all we live in.
Reflection on Arctic Futures 2050:
The Arctic Futures 2050 Conference was a hopeful note in amidst all the current political, social, and environmental uncertainty. As a youth participating, living, and thriving in the Arctic I see to it, it is my duty and role to share and consider the future of the Arctic. Upon attending the conference, I conversed and understood the current perspective on the Arctic. Considering my role as a student and a speaker, I listened to poster sessions on the most recent science on sea ice to energy solutions benefitting communities in the far North. I engaged in the panels so profoundly bringing together folks from across the Arctic and across backgrounds. I pondered, amongst breaks, the questions asked, the solutions, provided and found myself considering my role, my job as a delegate of Students on Ice, of Alaska, and the future.
It is time to redefine the Arctic, the Arctic that provides a sense of home for so many is now recognized. Recognized in the sense that there are youth voices, indigenous voices, and Arctic peoples who depend on the Yet, with that being said what does the future hold. Throughout the conference I debated amongst myself, elaborated with fellow attendees, and pondered alongside my fellow Students on Ice Alumni and delegates the direction and most prevalent priority that must be focused on in the Arctic. Is it environmental, social, or political facet? With all the capacities and backgrounds that years of Students on Ice Alumni bring to the table, we should all sit down at the table and discuss. Discuss our role, as an Anthropologist and Political Scientist I consider myself one who will work on traversing the landscape of politics and social realm, by bridging the Arctic to the rest of the world whether that would be through global health, social research, or even advocacy. Now, the question I ask to you…alumni, people of the Arctic, Students on Ice, and beyond. What is your role? As we approach the year 2050, the changes will take place, it is a matter of seeing in 31 years how we adapt. Time to get to work!